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Rays prospects and minor leagues 8/8: Wins all around in Rays system

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Justin O'Conner went 3-for-3 with a walk rehabbing with the GCL Rays

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It was a strong day for the Rays in the minor leagues, with every team but Princeton winning.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (53-62)

Durham went on an offensive onslaught in their 10-0 win over the Gwinnett Braves. Johnny Field opened up the bottom of the first with a leadoff home run, and the attack was on from there. Curt Casali hit a three-run home run in the second, and Hank Conger netted three RBIs total with a solo home run and two-run triple. Justin Marks dominated on the mound as well, striking out seven over 6.2 shutout innings. Tyler Sturdevant finished off the last four outs of the game, recording two strikeouts in the process.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (23-19)

The offense compensated for a less than ideal start from Chih-Wei Hu in Montgomery's 7-5 win over the Tennessee Smokies. Hu allowed just five hits and two walks in eight innings, but he also gave up four runs and managed just four strikeouts. However, Montgomery gave Hu more than enough run support. Patrick Leonard led the team with two RBIs, and Granden Goetzman hit a solo home run. The team totaled six RBIs, with the seventh run coming on an error. Jeff Ames surrendered a run in the ninth, but Jaye Chapman recorded the final two outs to shut the door on the Smokies and pick up the save.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (21-19)

Despite a rough start from Grayson Garvin, the Stone Crabs battled back for a 5-3 win over the Fort Myers Miracle. Garvin lasted just two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs before being pulled. However, Charlotte tied the game back up by the second inning and a RBI single from Jace Conrard, who went 4-for-4, gave the Stone Crabs the lead in the third. Mike Franco earned his sixth win of the season, keeping the Miracle off the board in 4.1 innings of relief. Thomas Milone tacked on an insurance run in the eighth with a triple. Diego Castilla hurled two no-hit innings to end the game for his third save with the Stone Crabs.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (28-13)

A late rally from the Hot Rods broke an eighth-inning tie and gave Bowling Green a 7-3 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps. Bowling Green put three early runs on the board, and Jose Mujica allowed just one run over six innings. Fernando Baez let the Whitecaps the tie game, giving up two runs in his two innings. With the game tied at three, the Hot Rods broke the stalemate in the bottom of the eighth with a two-run single from Kewby Meyer - who lined up in left field for just the second time in his pro career - and a two-run double from Michael Russell.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (27-20)

Hudson Valley needed just one inning to give them enough runs to secure a 4-2 win over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Spencer Moran went 4.1 innings, surrendering two runs on five hits and two walks. He would've had the win if he had gone five innings, but it instead went to Spencer Jones, who threw 3.2 shutout innings of relief. The Renegades plated three runs in the second, which gave them more than enough offense to win the game. Jake Fraley padded the lead in the fourth with a RBI single. Joe Serrapica recorded his sixth save with Hudson Valley with a perfect ninth.

Rookie Princeton Rays (21-19)

Princeton was the only Rays affiliate to lose yesterday, being swept in a doubleheader with the Pulaski YankeesThe Rays lost game one by a 7-2 margin. Princeton scored first with a RBI fielder's choice from Emilio Gustave in the opening inning. That lead soon evaporated as Edrick Agosto allowed six runs over 5.1 innings in his first loss with Princeton. Rene Pinto hit a garbage-time solo home run in the top of the seventh.

In the second leg of their doubleheader, Princeton dropped a 1-0 pitcher's duel. Peter Bayer pitched three perfect innings to start the game, but Brian McAfee allowed a run in the fifth. The Rays recorded just three hits, with Joshua Lowe collecting his first hit in the Appalachian League.

Rookie GCL Rays (14-23)

Even with their sloppy play, the GCL Rays came away with a 4-2 victory over the GCL Orioles. The Rays made three errors, leading to two unearned runs for the Orioles. Thankfully, the Rays also capitalized on Orioles mistakes, scoring a run apiece from a wild pitch and an error. Michael Brosseau knocked a two-run double as well. Luis Nunez got the win with a perfect seventh and Kenny Rosenberg secured a two-inning save.


Notable Performances


OF Johnny Field: 2-for-5, 3 R, 2B (15), HR (3), RBI (17)
OF Jake Goebbert: 2-for-4, R, RBI (30), BB
C Curt Casali: 1-for-2, R, HR (1), 3 RBI (3), 2 BB
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-3, R, BB, K
OF Dayron Varona: 1-for-3, R, RBI (51), BB
C Hank Conger: 2-for-4, R, 3B (1), HR (2), 3 RBI (7), K
IF Juniel Querecuto: 1-for-4, 2B (8)

LHP Justin Marks: W (5-10), 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
RHP Tyler Sturdevant: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1


OF Granden Goeztman: 1-for-3, 2 R, HR (4), RBI (27), 2 BB, K
SS Willy Adames: 2-for-4, 2 R, BB, K
1B/OF Jake Bauers: 1-for-4, R, BB, K
1B/3B/OF Patrick Leonard: 3-for-5, R, 2 RBI (32)
OF Justin Williams: 1-for-5, RBI (15), K
OF Cade Gotta: 1-for-4, BB
2B Kean Wong: 2-for-4, R, RBI (42), K

RHP Chih-Wei Hu: W (5-8), 8.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
RHP Jaye Chapman: S (14), 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Class-A Advanced

OF Thomas Milone: 1-for-5, 3B (4), RBI (21), K
SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-4, R, BB, SB (1)
IF Grant Kay: 2-for-4, R, RBI (39), K
OF Joe McCarthy: 0-for-1, 2 BB, SB (7)
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-3, R, RBI (9), BB
OF Jace Conrad: 4-for-4, 2 R, 2B (12), RBI (28)

RHP Mike Franco: W (6-4), 4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K
RHP Diego Castilla: S (3), 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K


2B Brandon Lowe: 2-for-4, R, RBI (35)
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-3, BB, 2 K
OF David Olmedo-Barrera: 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI (29), K
C David Rodriguez: 1-for-3, R, 2B (15), BB, K
1B/OF Kewby Meyer: 1-for-4, R, 2 RBI (26)
SS Michael Russell: 4-for-4, R, 2B (25), 2 RBI (40)

RHP Jose Mujica: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
RHP Tim Ingram: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K


OF Jake Fraley: 1-for-3, RBI (7), BB
OF Garrett Whitley: 1-for-4, RBI (17), 2 K
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 2-for-3, 2 2B (13), BB
2B Miles Mastrobuoni: 2-for-4, R
C Jose Rojas: 2-for-4, R, 2 2B (6), 2 K
OF Landon Cray: 1-for-3, 2 R, RBI (6), BB, 2 SB (4)
SS Bill Pujols: 0-for-1, RBI (10), 2 BB

RHP Spencer Jones: W (2-0), 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Joe Serrapica: S (6), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Rookie (Princeton)

Game 1

OF Eleardo Cabrera: 2-for-3, R
1B Bobby Melley: 0-for-1, 2 BB
OF Issac Bernard: 1-for-1
C Rene Pinto: 2-for-3, R, HR (1), RBI (1), K

Game 2

3B Joshua Lowe: 1-for-2, BB, K

RHP Peter Bayer: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Rookie (GCL)

C Justin O'Conner: 3-for-3, R, BB
IF Michael Brosseau: 1-for-4, R, 2 RBI (10), K

RHP Jesus Ortiz: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RHP Luis Nunez: W (1-0), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
LHP Kenny Rosenberg: S (1), 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Today's probables (All probables courtesy

Durham v. Gwinnett 5:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (5-4, 3.16) v. Matt Wisler (0-1, 3.38)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 5:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
TBA v. Michael Wagner (2-0, 2.05)

Charlotte v. Fort Myers 12:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Greg Harris (7-6, 3.76) v. Dereck Rodriguez (0-0, -.--)

Bowling Green v. West Michigan 5:05 PM ET (radio stream)
Eduar Lopez (3-0, 2.08) v. Beau Burrows (5-4, 3.67)

Hudson Valley v. Mahoning Valley 5:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Tanner Tully (3-0, 0.95)

Princeton v. Bluefield 2:00 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Juliandry Higuera (1-2, 2.70)

GCL Rays are off

Scouting the opposition

*All stats and records as of August 7*

Gwinnett Braves
51-62, 2nd in IL South

Offense: 427 R (9th) .681 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.86 ERA (12th) 1.44 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Aaron Blair (2), RHP Chris Ellis (13), 3B Rio Ruiz (17), RHP Jason Hursh (21), RHP Steve Janas (30), SS Daniel Castro (31), RHP Victor Mateo, IF Reid Brignac

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
18-22, 4th in SL North
Offense: 427 R (6th) .693 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.99 ERA (8th) 1.39 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Ian Happ (3), RHP Duane Underwood (4), RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (20), RHP Brad Markey (23), C Victor Caratini (24), OF Jacob Hannemann (26), RHP Andury Acevedo (29), RHP David Berg (30)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
22-19, 3rd in FSL South
Offense: 424 R (8th) .660 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.28 ERA (3rd) 1.30 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Nick Gordon (4),  LHP Randy Rosario (22), RHP Yorman Landa (23)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
20-19, 3rd in MWL East
Offense: 467 R (6th) .677 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.41 ERA (6th) 1.30 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Beau Burrows (2), OF Derek Hill (10), OF Jose Azocar (15), RHP Drew Smith (19), RHP Sandy Baez (26)

Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland)
22-24, 3rd in NYPL Pinckney
Offense: 183 R (6th) .654 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.13 ERA (6th) 1.30 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Juan Hillman (11), SS Luke Wakamatsu (27), C Logan Ice, RHP Aaron Civale

Bluefield Blue Jays
23-19, 2nd in AL East
Offense: 202 R (6th) .717 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.96 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Reggie Pruitt (11), RHP Jose Espada (15), RHP Yennsy Diaz (19), OF Vladimir Guerrero Jr.